Archbishop Nikitas in Inverness

On Holy Wednesday, 1st May 2024, the Orthodox community of St Columba, Inverness received their first arch-pastoral visit from His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain, accompanied by His Grace Bishop Raphael of Ilion.

Upon their arrival, Archbishop Nikitas presided over the Service of the Unction. Post-service, he was greeted by the V. Reverend Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne Antonios Kakalis, the parish’s Priest-in-charge, who expressed the community’s gratitude for this significant visit.

A reception followed, hosted by the Parish Council, which provided an intimate setting for His Eminence, His Grace and parishioners to connect. During this time, Archbishop Nikitas invited questions from the attendees, focusing on aspects of faith and the diverse ministries within the Archdiocese.

Further enriching the visit, Archbishop Nikitas offered thoughtful pastoral guidance to strengthen the parish’s ministry. He addressed various topics during his interactions, including missionary work, the challenges of modern society, and educational programs for catechism and youth, committed to nurturing both faith and community life.